The growing technology sector is crying out for candidates in certain roles. Check out these tech careers that desperately need you!
Get Hired: Check Out These Tech Jobs Crying Out for Candidates
The tech industry is growing so rapidly that some job roles simply don’t have enough candidates applying to them. That’s great news for anyone looking for a career in software or cyber security!
Sectors with an excess of vacancies are perfect for high-level candidates: you can pick and choose your role, negotiate salaries, and secure additional benefits. Skills shortages in new graduates mean those with exceptional degrees or demonstrable experience can name their terms when finding a job.
Future-proof your career: take note of these three tech job roles crying out for applicants and discover how to qualify for these positions.
1. AI Architect
Artificial Intelligence (AI) architects have never been in more demand than now. As AI takes over huge swathes of functions in day-to-day business operations and niche applications, people with AI skills are hugely desirable to many companies.
It’s a role that’s not just in demand for technology companies, either: businesses in every sector use AI for everything from managing logistics to natural language web chat customer service applications.
If you want to command an average salary of £69,000 (and over £120,000 after a few years’ experience), you’ll need some specific skills. Machine learning, natural language programming, and software experience such as Python and C++, along with a computer sciences degree, will put you in high demand for employers.
2. Cyber Security Specialist
Organisations in both public and private sectors, large and small, in all industries are increasingly aware that their data is more precious – and precarious – than ever.
Cyber security breaches cost UK businesses an average of £4,000 every time. When you consider that, last year alone, 32% of all businesses experienced a breach, you can see how a security specialist would be in high demand.
Average salaries for these roles are around the £50,000 mark – going up to over £100,000 for those with lots of experience or niche skills. As a cyber security analyst, you have the opportunity to either work in-house full-time for a business, as part of a security consulting firm, or go it alone as a consultant.
You’ll need a computer sciences degree or similar, and be able to demonstrate your understanding of the security risks, preventative action, and recovery processes of cyber security breaches. You’ll need to understand popular security software and services – including their benefits and pitfalls, too.
3. Software Engineer
With an always-online world comes a huge demand for new and ever-evolving software. As a software engineer, you could be testing existing applications for bugs (and fixing them), or designing brand new programs from scratch.
You’re most likely to find a position in a software company, but businesses in other sectors will have a need for software engineers or software developers, too. For example, lots of medium-to-large businesses have in-house teams for their website, customer database, and logistics systems.
Starting salaries for software developer roles aren’t as attractive as AI architects or cyber security analysts – but the potential for growth and larger demand for roles make it an attractive option for any candidate. Your average salary starts around £25,000 but you can quickly rocket to over £70,000 in your first few years.
A degree in computer science, software engineering, robotics, or maths and physics (with demonstrable software building experience) will open the path for these roles.
Consider relocating to maximise your opportunities
Some areas of the UK need tech roles filled more than others. If you’re willing to relocate, you could command a higher salary as well as reduce your living costs.
Many of the large international tech firms have their HQ in London – and they offer average salaries. However, a software engineer in – for example – Yorkshire, can command the same average salary – with up to 30% reduced living costs. Living in Leeds will leave you far more disposable income each month than living in London.
Areas outside of London have a limited pool of computer science graduate candidates, too. This reduces the competition to secure a job – and gives you plenty of room to progress faster than in the highly-competitive capital.
Consider moving to the East of England, Midlands, or Yorkshire to maximise your chances of getting a tech job: these areas have the highest role-to-candidate ratio in the software sector.